Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 28 books for adults and 7 for children and young adults.
Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures' version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip's War, and There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.
Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics. He also offers leadership/inspirational programs for business groups, and has spoken to companies and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, Massachusetts School Library Association, New York University Surgeons Round Table and many more.
THE FINEST HOURS
ABOVE AND BEYOND
"This is the seascape of The Perfect Storm, and the authors do justice to the peril in a tight account of the action... An excellent entry in the disaster-at-sea genre.” -- Booklist
“A blockbuster account of tragedy at sea.” -- The Providence Journal
In a 1952 nor’easter, the distress of two ships off Cape Cod initiated a dramatic Coast Guard operation recounted here. Both vessels were WWII surplus, cheaply built, unwisely kept in service, and broken in two by the storm. All four halves floated and the narrative tracks four separate search-and-rescue efforts.
The most prominent rescue, in the press at the time and in official honors conferred afterward, concerned one motorized lifeboat, a scant 36 feet long and operated by four men, dispatched to do battle with the maelstrom’s towering waves.
This is how real heroes are made.
The 36500 coming back into Chatham, a tiny rescue craft for the number of people stranded on the stern of the Pendleton.
“The authors eloquently convey the difficulties and tensions involved in these U-2 flights, dramatically magnified during the crisis, when miscalculations could instigate a disastrous response by either side. This superbly written, tense, and sometimes sad account views the Cuban Missile Crisis from an unusual and telling perspective.” -- Booklist (Starred review!)
“[A] page-turning narrative …. An edifying history that, given America’s current global diplomatic stance, is also timely and hopefully instructive to those faced with similarly dire circumstances.” -- Kirkus
“The authors will leave readers with a greater appreciation of the work required to combat the ‘miscalculations, incorrect interpretations, and breakdowns in command and control that could lead to war’.” — Publishers Weekly
During an infamous thirteen-day stretch of October 1962, America faced the prospect of imminent nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy, and the U-2 aerial spy program.
Above and Beyond is a deeply researched, gripping account of the lives of these three men, war heroes all, who were brought together during a day that changed history.